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Oct 17, 2012 5:30pm PDT
financial system. our justice correspondent, pete williams, has been working on this story from our d.c. news room. he is with us tonight with details, good evening. >> reporter: brian, the fbi says this plot was the idea of a 21-year-old college student from bangladesh. he was arrested after riding in a van that he thought carried a powerful bomb that agents say he assumed was one that would kill women and children. his target, the new york offices say, was a bank building, he was arrested later in federal court charged with attempting to try to set off the powerful bomb. he was identified as quazi nafis, and came to the country on a student visa, but intended to carry out a terror attack. by july, he was trying to recruit people, meeting one man several times in new york central park, but that man turned out to be an fbi informant. and from that moment on, quazi nafis was under surveillance. he wanted to target the new york stock exchange, but later decided to target the federal reserve bank. he wrote an article he hoped would be published by the jihadist website, saying targeting thi
Oct 10, 2012 5:30pm PDT
correspondent, pete williams with more. >> reporter: brian, 30 years ago, in a case called bachi, the supreme court said that a college can take a person's race into account when providing admissions, because it provides better diversity. now the question seems to be, how much diversity is enough? like nearly all american colleges, the university of texas at austin tries for racial diversity, but the way they did it was challenged by a senior, abby fisher. >> the race should not be considered. >> reporter: she says that affirmative action kept her out. >> there were people with lower grades who were not in the same courses. the only difference between us was the color of our skin. >> reporter: she says the state law that guarantees the top 10% of graduates makes the university racially diverse enough. 29% hispanic, 6% black. but the university says that considering race is one factor in making sure they admit enough with diversity. >> what is important is that they have the ability to see that not all are the same, regardless of their ethnic economic background. >> reporter: the supre
Oct 2, 2012 5:30pm PDT
on this story from our justice correspondent pete williams. >> for months, voters have struggled to meet pennsylvania's strict new requirement for a government issued photo i.d. at the polls. a law democrats claim republicans pushed to suppress the turnout among poor and minority voters. first, the state says drivers without a driver's license would need a state issued i.d. card. but because that's a secure i.d. that can be used to board planes, voters needed a birth certificate and three forms of identification to get one. >> and it took me days just to get my i.d. >> reporter: then the state relented and began issuing a new i.d., good only for voting, but kept shifting the requirements for it. >> this was a hastily drawn law designed to disrupt the vote for the presidential election. >> reporter: today the judge concluded the gap between the photo i.d.s issued and the estimated need of those who do not yet have them will not be closed in time. so he blocked the law from fully going into effect in pennsylvania for the general election. poll workers can ask for a photo i.d., but tho
Oct 18, 2012 5:30pm PDT
york. we get an update tonight from our justice correspondent, pete williams >> reporter: while quazi mohammad rezwanul nafis sits in a new york jail accused of trying to set off what he thought was a huge bomb, his family in bangladesh says he is no terrorist. his father says, i spent all of my savings to send him to america. his sister wants him back. >> he was a victim, because in bangladesh he was not like this. he was a good boy. >> reporter: quazi nafis came to the u.s. in january on a student visa to attend southeast missouri state but he left there in may, transferring to in may, transferring to a vocational school in new york. investigators say he tried to find like-minded people on facebook who would join him in violent jihad. and that is how the fbi says he met an informant, a person who came here to study cyber-security. it is more than a dozen cases since 911 where the person tries to set off what he thinks is a bomb. >> reporter: one person arrested that way is mohammed, mohammed, trying to blow up a christmas tree lighting in portland. his lawyers say the fbi goad
Oct 2, 2012 7:00am PDT
justice correspondent pete williams joins me live. >> the judge said the new voter i.d. law in pennsylvania, the strict new i.d. law cannot go in effect for the general election. there is a chance the state could appeal this to the state's supreme court, but based on what the supreme court said last time they looked at this, it's doubtful they would succeed there. what the judge says here is yes, it's true. the state has said we can fix some of the problems that have come up before, but he says, i question whether there is enough time now to fix these problems. i think there are going to be more problems down the road putting this into effect like we've already seen, he says. he believes that the gap between the photo i.d.'s issued and the estimated need cannot be closed before the election. in other words, he says all the people who would have to get new photo i.d.s, he doubts there is enough time for them to get them. he says i'm not convinced in my predictive judgment there won't be any voter disenfranchisement arising out of this new law. pennsylvania in march passed this n
Oct 5, 2012 6:00pm EDT
they were worried about his safety, but myers downplayed their concerns. pete williams joins us now with more from the myers family. pete? >> jim, doreen, we talked to bob myers who is his brother and we asked a question we haven't heard much about. when the sniper shooting started here on october 2nd, whether he ever talked to his brother, a civil engineer who lived in the washington area about them and whether they were concerned for his brother, here's what he said. >> we were very specific. we, when we saw the pattern of unexplained murders and they kept happening, we were very specific with him and asked him to use his vacation time and come home until things calmed down down there. and his comment was, well, it's millions of people down here, why would they get me? >> it was four days later that bob myers was watching the local news and saw that there had been another attack. he told us that he thought at the time, boy, there is some other family that is now going to have to deal with this and about 5:00 the next morning his nephew came to the door and said, well, they got dea
Oct 1, 2012 7:00pm EDT
thanks, nbc's pete williams. the justices are back at work, 37% of americans still have a negative view of the court and i think it's because the court unexpectedly played politics, feared left and sanctioned obama care, it's a 25-year high by the way on that unpopularity. chief justice roberts is going to steer the court left or right? what do you think robert costa on this point? does mr. justice roberts move back into his natural majority of conservatives? or is he going to play some more interesting games as he did with obama care? >> i think chief justice roberts can sew a big question mark into his robes. i have no idea after that obama care decision. i'm watching justice kennedy, he's the guy that's been flip-flopping right or left. >> this is interesting, on affirmative action t university of texas now is allocating racial quotas to be a tiny point of affirmative action. >> but they have lowered the amount that they have given to this racial point. to me that is exactly right. i just think that's sensible, not conservative or liberal. how do you these the court's going to rule o
Oct 1, 2012 5:30pm PDT
that will affect our lives the court has agreed to decide or cast aside. our man at the court pete williams says to expect big decisions on voting rights, affirmative action, and same-sex marriage. the justices today refused to hear a claim that those airport full-body scanners allow the tsa to see too much of us. some notable departures in the news tonight, beginning with james burke. widely agreed to be among the most effective ceos of the modern era. he ran johnson & johnson during the tylenol tampering crisis. his steady stewardship became a harvard business school case study. jim burke was a navy veteran. after his business career he chaired the partnership for a drug-free america and was awarded the presidential medal of freedom. the word from los angeles today, seth macfarlane will host this year's oscars, a master of all voices, says his goal is to channel the great hosts of the past, like bob hope and johnnie carson. >>> up next, an update on a little girl who >>> finally here tonight we asked our team in afghanistan this week to check in on some friends of ours. they don'
Oct 1, 2012 1:00pm EDT
correspondent pete williams. pete, we're talking about major cases that will reshape potentially reshape policy for the united states on affirmative action, voting rights, and on gay marriage. >> very much so. let's begin with affirmative action president the court will hear that case next week. every selective university in america uses it in some manner to achieve a racially diverse campus. this is a case from the university of texas. a young high school student there did not qualify automatically as the top 10% of graduates in texas do for admission, so she was looked at in in the remainder of the other 25% of the class, race is a factor, says that's unconstitutional. nine years ago the supreme court gave the green light to colleges to use affirmative action if there were no race neutral methods to get to diversity. the question is whether the court has changed and become more conservative when they look at it they probably won't be as generous with affirmative action. the second case, the voting rights act, the landmark 1965 law signed by president johnson a key provision that says s
Oct 2, 2012 1:00pm PDT
now does not strike down the law itself. nbc news's justice correspondent pete williams joins us now. pete, good afternoon. what did the judge actually say about why he decided to rule this way? >> reporter: well, let's track what's happened here. the state first passed the law and said if you don't have a dlls, you need a government i.d. if you don't have the driver's license, then you could get the nondriver's state issued i.d. and then the state said, wait a minute, that's a secure form of i.d., so if you want that you're going to have to have a certificate, birth certificate with a raised seal and three other forms of identification. well, that was a problem. so then the state said, okay, here is what we're going to do. we'll issue a new form of i.d. that's good only for voting, and they started to do that, but they said you could only get that if you couldn't qualify for the other forms. then they changed their mind on that. so what the judge finally said is, i think the state now has it about right, that it's easy to get this new form of i.d., but the problem, he says, is, numb
Oct 30, 2012 3:00am EDT
but what about an actual delay of election day. it could happen. let's go to pete williams, nbc justice correspondent, but, pete, really? >> it could but it probably won't and, you know, today, chris, the president's spokesman jay carney, the white house spokesman was asked in a small group of reporters whether the president has the authority to postpone an election and he said, jay carney said, well, i'll have to get back to you. no, he doesn't much the president has no such authority, nothing in federal law or the constitution gives any single person the power to postpone a vote for president of the united states. now, congress does have the authority to set the date for presidential elections. the constitution gives the authority to congress and congress has done that. the first tuesday after the first monday in november. it's been that way since the 18 -- roughly 1845. but there is no independent authority other than that to change the date for an election. so a state official, for example, probably couldn't say we're going to hold the elections two days from when they were
Oct 1, 2012 7:00am PDT
of the conversation in the presidential race if they aren't already. pete williams is at the supreme court. all right, pete. let's start with some of the top cases. one by one, affirmative action. >> virtually every college in america that's selected uses affirmative action in some ways to achieve a racially diverse campus. this better prepares students for the working world. upheld nine years ago, but this time it faces a new challenge with the big change on the courts. who wrote that opinion upholding it is gone replaced by samuel alito. the case o comes from the university of texas which allows basically every top academyive performer in a texas high school, guarantees them submission. one factor they look at in rounding out the class, the question is whether they discriminates, it's challenged by a white student who failed to get in. >> we heard a lot during the primaries about gay marriage. tell us about the act. >> signed by president clinton defines marriage between only a man and a woman. what that means is states where same-sex marriage is permitted. the states recog
Oct 1, 2012 8:00am PDT
, affirmative action, and changing to the voting rights act of 1965. pete williams is at the high court for the latest. pete, walk us through this case by case. what we expect from this time they are assembled. >> first of all, the defense of marriage act. this was signed by president clinton and for the purposes of federal law, marriage is only between a man and a woman. that enmoos federal government won't recognize same-sex marriages even in the states where that's legal. that's unusual because states usually define what is a valid marriage. several lower federal courts have said that's unconstitutional discrimination. and the supreme court will probably take this case. i say probably. it's not on the docket yet. but whenever the lower courts strike down an act of congress, the supreme court considers its job to step in and take this case. i think we would hear about that. probably the monday after thanksgiving. that's when we'll find out if they're going to take those cases. the other question is whether they will hear the challenge to california's proposition 8. that is also
Oct 30, 2012 2:00am EDT
presidential election could be postponed? nbc news justice correspondent pete williams has been looking into that and he joins me live now from washington, d.c. what a guy, being up at 2:30 in the morning for us, but this is a question that i had myself. what did you find out, pete? >> well, the answer to both questions is, yes, it's possible. it's legal and i can almost guarantee it won't happen. now, the constitution says that congress has the authority to set the date for presidential elections and since the year 1845, it has said that the election will be the tuesday after the first monday in november. that's a federal statute, not the constitution that actually sets the date. and congress can easily change a law whenever it wants to but they would have to get with it right now to change it but there are lots of problems that come along with this, chris, and here's just a basic look at it. you know, congress sets the date for electing the electors who elect the president, but it's the states that run elections in the u.s. and there are all kinds of problems. first of all, very few s
Oct 18, 2012 9:00am EDT
request the in case of a tie, popular vote gets the extra electoral vote." pete williams, thank you for doing a bunch of legal research. >> i would love this, if it happened, by the way. >> of course you would. i love the recounts and all that. you want a constitutional -- excuse me, get "inaction." >> exactly. >>> is minnesota suddenly mattering? i'll tell you why it might, maybe might not. >>> but first, white house soup of the day -- the one the press corps loves the most, potato and leek. has great new posts breaking down the kinds of questions asked at the town hall debates all the way back to 1992. you're watching "the daily rundown" on msnbc. one. two. three. my credit card rewards are easy to rember. with the bankamericard cash rewards credit card, i earn 1% cash back everywhere, every time. [ both ] 2% back on groceries. [ all ] 3% on gas! no hoops to jump through. i earn more cash back on the things i buy most. [ woman in pet store ] it's as easy as... [ all ] one! -two. -[ all ] three! [ male announcer ] the bankamericard cash rewards credit card. apply online or at
Oct 17, 2012 5:00pm EDT
qaeda. nbc's chief justice correspondent pete williams will join us live at the top of the hour with new details. >>> after six days in the wilderness, two virginia hikers are happy to be home tonight. both men were lost in the rugged terrain of montana's glacier national forest. richard jordan spoke to the men about what kept them going in extreme conditions. >> pat, both men lost over ten pounds each and were looking forward to a really good meal. they hiked together many times before, but say they have never come close to being in a situation like this. and if their wives have anything to say about it, they won't again. >> we spent a lot of time in a tent. >> reporter: a two-day hiking trip for two friends turns into a six-day ordeal. neal peckens and jason hiser lived to tell their tale. the temperature in the upper 30s, snow on the ground, and rain, the avid hikers say they lost their map and held on to their will to live. >> there was so much snow, there was no trail to be seen. and there was no sign to show you where to go. and without that map that we had lost, we couldn't te
Oct 18, 2012 6:00am PDT
friend mr. pete williams. just as the number of available electoral votes creates problems, contingency plan congress put together has some interesting wrinkles as well. >> two ways to get here. one is the tie you've been talking about. the other is a potential problem known as faithless electors. who you are actually voting for when you go to the polls refuse to vote for who the state voted for for president. it's happened ten times in history -- >> but never cost somebody the majority of the electoral college. >> the 12th amendment says if you don't get to 270, then have you a contingent election. house would choose the president. with each state getting one vote. you'd need at least 26 votes to win. the senate would choose the vice president with each senator getting one vote so you would need at least 51 senators to win. let's carry the tie scenarios out one step further. if the house divided equally, 25-25, they just have to keep voting. >> let me stop through because i want to get to our more interesting possible scenario here. the way redistricting is done and all of
Oct 1, 2012 6:00am PDT
presidential debate. pete williams. it's october 1st. where else is he going to be. >>> up next, florida, florida, florida. it's a state with an inauspicious history when it comes to ballots. governor charlie crist will join me next. >>> plus, the united states relationship in the middle east are being tested. we have reporters on the ground across the region. >>> but first a look ahead at the schedule of president obama and mitt romney. president obama in las vegas. don't be surprised if you see him. he has no public events but bet we see him go get a hamburger or something and mitt romney has rally tonight when he gets to denver. that's where we're going to be tonight. you're watch dnd only on nbc. overmany discounts to thine customers! [old english accent] safe driver, multi-car, paid in full -- a most fulsome bounty indeed, lord jamie. thou cometh and we thy saveth! what are you doing? we doth offer so many discounts, we have some to spare. oh, you have any of those homeowners discounts? here we go. thank you. he took my shield, my lady. these are troubling times in the kingdom. more
Oct 17, 2012 4:00pm EDT
provide materials to al qaeda. pete williams will join us live at 6:00 with more details about this. >>> members of a utility crew became life savers this morning in prince george's county. >> they were working on the lines at a home in upper marlboro when the house caught fire. the amazing acts of courage that saved a young child's life. jackie? >> reporter: well, the closest fire engine would have come from here, about three miles away, a
Oct 18, 2012 5:00pm EDT
a vehicle. he's from bangladesh and was in the u.s. on a student visa. >>> pete williams joins us now. pete, his family says this is not the man they know. authorities have just wrapped up a news conference. what have you learned? >> they were talking in southeast missouri state, which is where he came to the united states in january of last year. and there have been some question about whether the whole student visa system should have stopped him. but everybody i've talked to today, really, there's no way that could have happened, that there was nothing in his back ground that suggested he shouldn't come here. no terrorist connections. he went to southeast missouri state, enrolled as a student and transferred to a vocational stool in new york in may. and he was studying there. the system in that sense was tracking him. it wasn't a sham visa. there were some calls today for tighter controls on student visas. but that seems not to be the issue here. so in any event, he came to the u.s. after coming to new york in may, that's when he goes to facebook and starts to try to find people
Oct 18, 2012 10:00am PDT
, justice correspondent pete williams. there's always skip simple about the stings. how serious a plot was this. >> the fbi would tell you serious, he came here with intention to carry out some jihadist attack. they would say that look at all of the thing his did before even got in touch with fbi undercover agent. one, they came to the united states intending to carry out an attack. after going southeast missouri state he decided to come back to new york, come to the new york area, and then number three, he reached out and tried to find people who would help him which was his downfall because he did it on facebook and the interthreat, somewhat ironic for a student who came to the united states to study cybersecurity. and that's how he got connected up with the fbi informant and they channeled his energies into something they knew he could do no damage because they would be in control and watching everything that he did. but the problem is, always, in a case like there is, you know, people say why didn't you just watch him? that's incredibly manpower intensive. suppose you're the fbi, y
Oct 10, 2012 10:00am PDT
longer on the bench. joining me is nbc's justice correspondent pete williams. bring us up to speed. >> justice o'connor no longer on the bench but was in the courtroom. i would like to know what she's thinking after this morning's arguments. there were really two questions before the court. one is, are they going to overrule that decision that she wrote nine years ago for a closely divided court that said while generally speaking government can't make a distingsion on race it can do so in school admissions because getting a racially diverse campus provides a better education. that was the court's holding. after the argument today it seems clear the court is not going to go and overrule that precedent but the problem many of the justices had is how do you know when you have enough diversity. the university of texas has an unusual system. it automatically admits anybody who graduates in the top 10% academically of any high school in texas. that gets a fair amount of diversity on campus because many of those schools tend to be racially more uniform, predominantly black or hispanic and
Oct 4, 2012 11:00am PDT
attack from the consulate in benghazi. pete williams joins us live from washington. we heard the fbi could not get in because it was such a dangerous situation. what do you have for us now? >> today they did aaccompaccomiy special forces from the u.s. military who secured the compound while the agents went in and tried to exploit what evidence they could. it's been three weeks since the ambassador was shot. attorney general holder was asked today, and he said he believes the investigation is going well because of all the other work that the fbi and other investigative agencies have been doing talking to witnesses. he says there's lots of things going on outside of benghazi, and that he believes the investigation is progressing satisfactorily. obviously, it would have been better. the fbi would have preferred fob in there earlier, but they believe this is not a huge setback. >> thank you very much. pete, greatly appreciate you updating us on the breaking news there it. next on "news nation," garden state guru. chris christie predicted the debate would be a game changer, and he sai
Oct 9, 2012 1:00pm EDT
undergraduates. the arguments are tomorrow. pete williams will be there. thank you very much. that does if for you for this edition of "andrea mitchell reports." tad divine will preview the vice presidential debate. mike kchael lighter about the b hearings on the benghazi attack. follow it online and on twitter at @andreamitchellreports. >> ed rendell and "the daily beast" michael tomaski are among the guests ready to leap into the latest conversation about the new pugh poll that shows a change in the tide in this race and aa big shift with women voters. plus from ann romney and one of her sons reportedly staining a rebellion against her husband's advisers to andrew sullivan. there's nervous energy on both sides with 28 days to go. nnounc] at scottrade, we believe the more you know, the better you trade. so we have ongoing webinars and interactive learning, plus, in-branch seminars at over 500 locations, where our dedicated support teams help you know more so your money can do more. [ rodger ] at scottrade, seven dollar trades are just the start. our teams have the information you
Oct 1, 2012 10:00am EDT
today is pete williams. he is well known for being one of the first journalists along with his colleague to get this right on that december evening with the decision came down. we're grateful he is here today. >> each of our panelists has a set of want to talk about. whole time. >> into 2006 he became the first lawyer to fill a position, -- and is now in private practice. ken, please. >> i always thought it was dangerous to be on a panel that starts with a reference toi have been asked about three cases, and national security case, and then other cases. clapper vs. amnesty international, a standing case related to a challenge of the amendment of the foreign intelligence surveillance act that was passed in 1978. you have to understand the merits of little bit. >> for those watching on c-span, what is standing? to appear in court and challenge contact with people overseas, people who might be the subject of electronic surveillance by the federal government, and they are challenging the law that allows this because they are concerned their communications will be picked up. up, and
Oct 21, 2012 12:00pm PDT
squad had responded to the scene as well as atf. >> we also are getting a report from our pete williams at nbc news. he was saying at the request of the local police department, who we just heard from a moment ago, the fbi is also getting involved in this. they have a tactical team and hostage negotiators as well. no federal crime scene at this point. it is strictly in support of the local police department. the town, this area, 38,000 people. it happened at 11:00 a.m. local time there. what is this area like? >> brookfield is an affluential city. the population there, they pride themself on being from brookfield. it's more of a ritzy area, to be honest. it's surprising that it happened here, but we've had situations like this before in this town. in 2005, there was a mass shooting at a church down the street from where this one happened. it's shocking that it happened in this community, but it's not an isolated incident in this community. >> unfortunately. the hospital is on lockdown. i was mentioning that earlier. how far is that, and have you any information about what the s
Oct 25, 2012 7:00am EDT
month, nbc's chief justice correspondent pete williams spoke to bob myers whose brother dean was shot at a gas station in virginia. he says the passage of time does not erase the sense of loss, but he has come to understand a bit more about lee boyd malvo. >> we recognize that he was a tremendously -- under the control of muhammad. and he was, probably a good word would be brainwashed. and since that time he's gotten as we understand it some mentoring, some help, and has had some years to recognize what he did. and our understanding is that e he, given the chance, would not have chosen to take the same course again. but he can't alter that. >> the conversation with malvo lasted some 40 minutes. we're going to make the vast majority of it available online so people can hear for themselves. >> how many lives destroyed. >> absolutely. >>> we want to turn and check the weather. >> sandy, but it is also going to be affected by this front that's making its way through the midsection of the country. ahead of the front, look at these temperatures, buffalo near 80, 76 in chicago, 82 in hu
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